By Robert A. Ferguson

With extra humans residing on my own this present day than at any time in U.S. heritage, Ferguson investigates loneliness in American fiction, from its mythological beginnings in Rip Van Winkle to the postmodern terrors of September 11. At factor is the darkish part of a trumpeted American individualism. Ferguson exhibits that we will research, from our literature, easy methods to dwell alone.

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